Sounds great: new eight-day Islington Prom season
07 June, 2018 — By Sebastian Taylor
Baroque ensemble Gut Instinct perform on Sunday June 10
The seventh Islington Proms gets under way in a new format at St James’s, Prebend Street, this Saturday.
In place of concerts held every month or so, this year’s proms are running for eight days through until Sunday June 17. And, says Father John Burniston, vicar of St James’s and founder of the Proms: “What a week it will be!”
Key Proms events include:
Saturday June 9, 4.30pm: Al fresco “pocket prom” in the beautiful vicarage garden of St James’s – bring a picnic and enjoy operatic arias and jazz music!
Sunday June 10, 7.30pm: Gut Instinct, a London-based baroque ensemble, play Buxtehude, Biber, Pachelbel and Stradella.
Tuesday June 12, 7.30pm: Pieces by Clara Schumann, Beethoven and Elgard performed by renowned violinist So-Ock Kim, professor at the Royal Academy of Music, accompanied by pianist Yoon Chung, the Proms’ musical director.
Friday June 15, 7.30pm: Chopin, Ravel and Bach pieces performed by young Italian-Austrian pianist Jonathan Ferruci.
Saturday June 16, 6pm: Youth Prom performed by highly accomplished young musicians from Islington and surrounding boroughs.
Sunday June 17, 7.30pm: Shakespeare Sonnet songs by Britten, Liszt and Finzi, plus some Swedish songs, performed by outstanding young Canadian tenor Colin Ainsworth accompanied by pianist Suna Chung.